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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Brian Murphy set for shock Rebel comeback

Cork's Brian Murphy is expected to be included in the Cork team which is to be named tonight
Cork's Brian Murphy is expected to be included in the Cork team which is to be named tonight
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Brian Murphy looks set to complete a miraculous recovery by regaining his place when the Cork team to play Clare in the All-Ireland SHC final is announced tonight.

Murphy's season was declared over when he broke his collar bone in a club game in June, shortly after Cork's Munster semi-final win over Clare.

But a visit to a UK-based surgeon, who is a specialist in treating jockeys with the same injury, prompted a quicker than expected recovery for the 31-year-old Bride Rovers man.

Since then he has played a club match and has taken a full part in all Cork's training sessions. Now there is strong speculation that he will reclaim his place on the half-back line.

Murphy's importance to Cork was underlined by the man-marking job he did on Clare danger man Tony Kelly in the Munster championship match. Kelly has since had hugely influential roles in the victories over Galway and Limerick in particular.

If Murphy is included, the only other Cork player with an All-Ireland senior medal, Tom Kenny, could be omitted. Kenny struggled in the semi-final win over Dublin and was substituted.

Elsewhere, Limerick are still awaiting a verdict from the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) after their hearing was adjourned late last night.

Limerick are appealing the result of their All-Ireland minor hurling semi-final against Galway because of a Hawk-Eye error but after four hours of a hearing last night the case was still not resolved and the meeting in Tullamore as adjourned and is expected to resume today.

Meanwhile, Dublin full-back Rory O'Carroll will face no disciplinary action over an altercation with Colm Cooper during Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final clash with Kerry.

A picture from Sunday's game shows O'Carroll's hand on Cooper's face as the Kerry player is lying on the ground.

But the GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee will not be probing the incident, it is understood.

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